Earlier this week we reviewed the new Dirty Hand Tools 2000w Inverter Generator. In order to give it a true test, we preformed a head to head comparison with the industry standard – a Honda EU2000i generator.
The head to head includes generator specs, price comparison, added features, a run-time test, and decibel level challenge.
Here’s the Breakdown:
We’ll begin with a price comparison. This is one of the only categories where DHT takes a huge lead. The DHT unit starts at $444 on Amazon, compared to the $1099 from the Honda. If you need a genny and can’t spend more than $500, then the choice is easy… but, if your budget is flexible then read on!
The size of these two units is pretty comparable. The DHT genny is thinner and taller, weighing 46 pounds. The Honda unit weighs 51 pounds and feels a little more compact due to its shorter height. Both units have a hefty handle making them easy to carry.
The peak wattage for both of these units is 2000w. The DHT generator runs at a continuous 1700w, while the Honda runs at 1600w continuously. Neither of the generators can power our AC.
Run Time Comparison
Both companies use their run-time numbers as selling points, but what really matters to us is, how long do they actually run while connected to our RV. To test this we filled the tanks with gas and ran them bone dry while hooked up to our rig… we did this multiple times with both.
The DHT generator ran between 5-6 hours and the Honda ran between 7-8 hours. We were surprised how quickly the DHT genny ran through the gas. Depending on how often you use your generator, the Honda could end up saving you money on gas consumption.
Depending on your needs, this could be another deal breaker. The Honda, unlike the DHT, has a 30amp receptacle. It also has a standard 120ac receptacle.
The DHT unit does have a few unique features including a 12v lighter and a UBS receptacle – in addition to two 120ac receptacles.
Now for the comparison we’ve been most excited about – the decibel test! We’re using the app, dB Meter, to conduct this test. It isn’t extremely accurate for true dB readings, but it will give us a good base to accurately compare the two units.
When we ran both units on eco mode the DHT measured 63dB and the Honda measured 55dB. Both generators sounded relatively quiet, but the DHT unit sounded looser, as though parts interior parts were shaking around.
Next, we ran both units on Full Mode. The Honda’s dB had a larger increase at 64dB, but the DHT was still louder overall measuring 68dB.
If you have a tight budget and need a genny, the DHT unit would be a good choice. But, at the end of the day, the Honda EU2000i seems more thoughtfully manufactured, more fuel efficient, and quieter. The $1099 is steep, but the product is complete quality.
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